November 2016 news

luke menziesIt’s November and although we can’t promise any HR/employment law firework displays this month (it’s been quiet!), we can update you on the national and living wage predictions, Government plans for workplace health, and the ACAS guide on marriage and civil partnership discrimination.

Our case update this month focuses on rest breaks under the Working Time Regulations, TUPE and service provision changes, and reliance on previous warnings in respect of decisions to dismiss.

What Luke has been doing recently…

It will come as little surprise to most of you that I’ve been doing little except talking and writing in animated fashion about the forthcoming Gender Pay Gap publication duty and how to prepare for it.  Together with Jane, our Pay & Reward and Equal Pay audit specialist, I’ve been touring the south of the UK, speaking at various conferences and meeting with businesses and colleges to spread the word on what’s coming and explain what we can offer through our GPG Audit & Advice service.

For those of you who have known me for some time, you may note that I’ve evolved from lawyer into something more commercial, getting to grips more effectively with marketing, pricing and (whisper it!) “selling”.  It’s been an interesting journey and I’m certain that it improves the overall quality of the advice that I can offer clients, since I can appreciate better the commercial and financial pressures they are under.

I have also taken the opportunity to celebrate and thank my wonderful team for their various contributions in getting our firm ‘top ranked’ for the fourth year running alongside the very best South West employment law teams in Chambers & Partners, the leading legal sector guide to the best law firms.  Thank you also to those of our clients who provided testimonials for that research process.

I hope it’s not too early to wish you all the best for a productive, positive 2017…